Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Flashbacks of Summer, Part 2

The sun is shining this morning and I'm anxious to get outside for some more garden cleanup and maybe take those pictures that so failed me yesterday. It was nice going back through summer photos of last year's garden and seeing how many things were lush and thriving. It's funny how when you're in the throes of gardening, you sometimes lose sight of how far things have come. At times I feel like there are giant holes in the garden, and plants seem to be pathetic and puny. But going over the photos I found myself saying, "Hey, that's not that bad!" I guess we are our toughest critics, eh? So, until I get outside I thought I'd share some more shots of last season's garden and all that I look forward to seeing again.
Trumpet vine filled the side yard with sweet aroma. It's said to attract hummingbirds but I've yet to spot them hovering around this woody plant. This creeper can be quite a thug, but is kept in check by some heavy handed pruning.
A new Dahlia added in our backyard garden to share space with a Japanese Maple, Japanese Willow and Nandina. It's vibrant red petals hold up under the glaring rays of sunshine that Pacific Northwest enjoys, despite rumors of constant rain!
OK, a cabbage moth isn't ideal, but it is part of summer. I had fun trying to capture this little thing as it flitted around  the Catmint.
One of my favorite perennials in the garden is Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan. While the flowers faded this winter, the scratchy foliage hung on through a couple cold snaps. 
A mass of ruby red Snapdragons planted around a blueberry bush. These little flowers are fun for little ones to play with because you can make them "talk."
Gaura 'Siskiyou Pink' resembles butterflies fluttering around the garden. I've had this shrubby perennial reseed rather aggressively, which is good for filling in space. But can become overwhelming in some spots. Still, its delicate profile is a welcome addition to the garden.


Becca's Dirt said...

Can't wait to see what this year brings.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Gardeness~~ I've finally inched my way back to your blog. Your banner photo is very cool.

I know what you mean. Usually in about April, I'll start buying plants thinking I've got all these bare spots in my borders that by June are drowning in foliage and flower. You think I'd learn. I love your two-toned dahlia. And Gaura is one of my favorites.

Kyna said...

I love that Dahlia, dahling :D

sweet bay said...

Summer flashbacks are always fun. Love your header photo.

leavesnbloom said...

I can't even keep Gaura over the winter never mind having it seed! and its quite expensive to buy here too.

Sunny said...

Those are some gorgeous pictures...I'd say you did quite well.